London | St. Lawrence University Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies


This program puts the city of London at the heart of student learning. Arguably, London is the world's most "globalized" city, with a third of its residents born outside the UK, a city in which over 300 languages are spoken, a post-colonial city shaped by the history of the British empire, and also a city whose multicultural origins begin with, perhaps even antedate, the arrival of the Romans in 55 B.C. Students study the phenomena of a global city through a number of different lenses. The London program offers electives in 8 departments and each course uses the city as a classroom.

  • Based in London
  • Fall or Spring semester
  • Pre-requisites: 2.8 GPA recommended to apply, one European Studies course or a course with significant European content (preferably with a focus on Western Europe); 
  • 10 weeks of course work. For the final month of the program, students will take a .5 unit course on the topic of Travel Writing offering experiential learning opportunities.
  • Please note: due to abbreviated academic calendar, students requesting pass/fail in any course must do so within the first three weeks.
  • Live with homestay families

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London is a city rich in culture. From the Roman wall which forms part of the contemporary Barbican Center to the National Theaters on the South Bank to the architectural dominance of St. Paul's seen from the Thames, London is a city with a long and fascinating history. It is the banking and trading center for all the world, even as it wrestles with contemporary urban problems. Housed in the center of London, the St. Lawrence Program allows students to explore the intellectual, cultural, and social life of this large, cosmopolitan center.

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The courses offered on the London Programme are designed to immerse students in the city and its resources: attending live theatre productions, meeting actors and directors, visiting historical sites, meeting for the art class in many of London's most renowned galleries, exploring culturally diverse neighborhoods, and so much more. The courses are taught by professors from British universities and are offered exclusively for St. Lawrence University Program participants.

Throughout the semester, all students take Encountering Global London. During the first ten weeks of the semester, students also take three elective courses. For the final month of the program, students will take a .5 unit course on the topic of Travel Writing offering experiential learning opportunities. Please note: due to abbreviated academic calendar, students requesting pass/fail in any course must do so within the first three weeks.

Required Courses:

  • GS/SOC/GOVT 261: Encountering Global London (Fulfills HUMANITIES distribution requirement) (1 unit of credit)
  • ENG 190: Travel Writing (.5 unit of credit). Of the personal essay, it has been said that we ‘go inward in order to go outward.’  In travel writing perhaps the reverse is often true: we go abroad to see the world but also to visit what Jeannette Winterson has called the ‘vast cities of the interior.’  Students in this course will be encouraged to use writing to deepen and enrich their experience of travel, to be ‘prime noticers’ who observe closely all that they encounter in their travels, particular as pertains to history, cultural difference, social justice, and power.  But they will also be encouraged to venture inward, to explore questions that call them to more direct and meaningful examination of their experiences, home and abroad. Expecting that London Programme students will have traveled much in London, in England, and perhaps even beyond during the semester, this course will be an opportunity to collect and reflect on impressions and images from those travels. (Fulfills HUMANITIES distribution requirement).

Elective Courses: (1 unit of credit each: students select 3)

  • FA 261L: Art & Architecture in London (Fulfills ARTS/EXPRESSION distribution requirement)
  • HIST 245L: Britain in the 20th Century (Fulfills HUMANITIES distribution requirement)
  • GOVT 214L: Issues in British Government and Politics (Fulfills SOCIAL SCIENCES distribution requirement)
  • GOVT 262/ECON 262L: Economic Integration of the European Union
  • ENG 212L/PCA 237L: Theater in London: Introduction
  • ENG 312/PCA 337: Theater in London: Classic and Contemporary
  • ENG 246L: Writing in London (Fulfills HUMANITIES distribution requirement)
  • GS205/SOC 205: London's Urban Geographies (Fulfills SOCIAL SCIENCES distribution requirement)

Students who are majoring or minoring in economics, fine arts, global studies, government, history or sociology may apply to take the 200-level course offering at the 300-levels as an 'advanced study option'. Permission of the program director, the course instructor and the appropriate department chair is required. When approved for the advanced study option, the student meets with the 200 level course, but will also have an independent tutorial with the professor, culminating in a research paper which substitutes for some of the 200-level assignments. 

Students are required to submit an application for the advanced study option prior to leaving campus by meeting with the department chair to ascertain if s/he has satisfied pre-requisites for a 300 level course in the specified department. 

Upon arrival in London, students will meet with the course instructor to discuss their application for the advanced option and to identify an appropriate topic for their independent work. If the course instructor agrees, students may then register for the 300 level advanced option. Students may only apply for one advanced option.

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The Program includes field trips to places in London and opportunities to travel elsewhere in the UK. 

The art courses feature weekly gallery visits to such places as the National Gallery, the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Banqueting House, the Soane Museum and the Royal Academy.

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Students are housed with families in London and normally share a double room with a fellow student on the program. Homes are convenient to public transport and the typical commute is approximately 45 minutes to the program office and classrooms. Breakfasts and two evening meals per week are provided by the host families. Students will receive a weekly stipend in order to purchase other meals. Weekend long homestays in London's Afro-Carribean and Asian communities are offered by the program and are recommended.

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Spring 2021

JANUARY Sunday 3

 Arrive in London and transport to homestay*

Monday 4 - Wed. 6


Thursday 7

 Classes begin


Thursday 4 - Sat. 6

 Programme Study trip**

Sat. 13 - Sunday 21


Monday 22      

 Classes resume


Monday 22

 Last day of classes

Tuesday 23 - Friday 26

 Final exams          

Monday 29      

 Work experience placements begin

APRIL Friday 23

 Work experience placements finish at end of regular workday

Sat. 24 or Sun. 25

Leave homestays

Monday 26      

Final grades due from instructors

*All students must be at the meeting point (arrivals area) of Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport on January 3 at 9:30 a.m. to travel with the group coach to meet your homestay family.  If you arrive in London before January 3, you are responsible for your own accommodation. Families do not expect students at their homes before January 3.

 **These are the anticipated dates for the Programme Study trip but could change. Additionally, students are prohibited from traveling the weekend before the Programme Study trip. 

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Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in-depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the student's participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.

On-site: There is a three day orientation in London at the beginning of the semester, featuring lectures, tours, introductions to the courses, and a theater performance. Students are required to attend all orientation meetings and activities.

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the London program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS Office: Karen Smith, Associate Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty CoordinatorDr. Ronnie Olesker - Questions about program academics.

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